Voiceless alveolar trill

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Voiceless alveolar trill[edit]

Voiceless alveolar trill
IPA number 122 402A
Encoding
X-SAMPA r_0
Sound

Some languages possess a voiceless alveolar trill, which differs only in the vibrations of the vocal cord. This is rare, and usually occurs alongside the voiced version as a similar phoneme or an allophone. It is postulated to have occurred in Ancient Greek, where it was spelled ; this sound has since merged with /r/ in Modern Greek.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless alveolar trill:

  • Its manner of articulation is trill, which means it is produced by directing air over the articulator so that it vibrates.
  • Its place of articulation is alveolar, post-alveolar or dental, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue at the alveolar ridge, behind the alveolar ridge or behind upper front teeth, termed respectively apical and laminal.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.

Occurrence[edit]

Alveolar
Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Icelandic hrafn [ˈr̥apn̥] 'raven' Contrasts with /r/. For some speakers it may actually be a voiceless tap. Also illustrates [n̥]. See Icelandic phonology
Lezgian[1] крчар krčar [ˈkʰr̥t͡ʃar] 'horns' Allophone of /r/ between voiceless obstruents.
Moksha нархне [ˈnar̥nʲæ] "these grasses" Contrasts with /r/: нарня [ˈnarnʲæ] "short grass". It has the palatalized counterpart /r̥ʲ/: марьхне [ˈmar̥ʲnʲæ] "these apples", but марьня [ˈmarʲnʲæ] "little apple".
Nivkh [example needed] Contrasts with /r/.
Ukrainian[2] центр [t̪͡s̪ɛn̪t̪r̥] 'centre' Word-final allophone of /r/ after /t/.[2] See Ukrainian phonology
Welsh Rhagfyr [ˈr̥aɡvɨr] 'December' Contrasts with /r/. See Welsh phonology

Voiceless alveolar raised non-sonorant trill [edit]

Voiceless alveolar raised non-sonorant trill
r̝̊
IPA number 122 402A 429
Encoding
X-SAMPA r_0_r

It isn't known to occur as a phoneme in any language, but it does occur allophonically in Czech.

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless alveolar raised non-sonorant trill:

  • Its manner of articulation is trill fricative, which means it's a trill and a non-sibilant fricative pronounced simultaneously.
  • Its place of articulation is lamino-alveolar, which means it is articulated with the blade of the tongue at the alveolar ridge,
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • It is a central consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream along the center of the tongue, rather than to the sides.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.

Occurrence[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Czech[3][4] třista [ˈt̪r̝̊ɪs̪t̪ä] 'three hundred' Allophone of /r̝/ after voiceless consonants;[5][4] may be a tap fricative instead.[4] See Czech phonology
Norwegian[6] Areas around Narvik[7] norsk [nɔr̝̊k] 'Norwegian' Common allophone of the sequence /ɾs/[7] before voiceless consonants.
Trøndersk[7] Occasional allophone of the sequence /ɾs/[7] before voiceless consonants.
Polish Some dialects przyjść [ˈpr̝̊ɘjɕt͡ɕ] 'to come' Allophone of /r̝/ after voiceless consonants for speakers that don't merge it with /ʐ/. Present in areas from Starogard Gdański to Malbork and those south, west and northwest of them, area from Lubawa to Olsztyn to Olecko to Działdowo, south and east from Wieleń, around Wołomin, southeast from Ostrów Mazowiecka and west from Siedlce, from Brzeg to Opole and those north of them, and roughly from Racibórz to Nowy Targ. Most speakers, as well as standard Polish pronounce it the same as /ʂ/, and speakers maintaining the distinction (which is mostly the elderly) sporadically do that too. See Polish phonology
Silesian Gmina Istebna [example needed] Allophone of /r̝/ after voiceless consonants. It's pronounced the same as /ʂ/ in most Polish dialects.
Jablunkov

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